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Lifelong Learning

BestSeattle2015WinnerWebSquareVoted "Best Adult Education" program in Seattle by the readers of the magazine Jewish in Seattle in 2016, Temple Beth Am promotes lifelong learning and is committed to being a center of Jewish life for people of all ages. Our classes, discussions, and lectures offer many opportunities for our adult community to learn at a variety of levels. The program listings below are updated frequently with a wide variety of offerings.

For our additional selection of Torah Study classes, including Introduction to Judaism and Adult B'nai Mitzvah, visit our Torah Study page.

Please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort, or call 206-525-0915 x 210 with any questions.


Upcoming Events:

Book talk with author Bonnie Rochman and Temple Beth Am member Sophie-Shifra Kessler Gold: The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids — And the Kids We Have
Sunday, March 25, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Temple Beth Am Social Hall East
This important book was named one of Amazon’s Top 20 Science Picks of 2017. Author Bonnie Rochman explores the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, health care, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman tells the dramatic saga of the development of screening for Jewish genetic diseases, including the evolution of the Tay-Sachs screening and the story of TBA’s Sophie-Shifra Kessler Gold, who will join Bonnie to discuss the chapter about her son, Isaac Michael Levin (z”l), who died of Canavan Disease. The book talk will be ASL-interpreted and books will be on sale.

Immigrant / Refugee Stories Book Club

Following our Israeli Author’s Book Club for 2015-2016 and Jewish Feminist Book Club 2016-2017, this year we are continuing with an evening Temple Beth Am book club format to discuss the immigrant and refugee experience through fiction.  All discussions are moderated by members of Beth Am. If you are interested in leading a book discussion or have suggestions for a topic/books for next year, please be in touch with Temple Beth Am Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort

Upcoming Selections:

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Temple Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 226

A novel about two generations of the Ganguli family, The Namesake is a work about exile and its discontents, a novel that explores the relationships between fathers and sons, and an examination of what is acquired and lost by immigrants and their children in pursuit of the American Dream. Note: This book has also been made into a film.

March 27: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
April 24: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
May 29: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Union for Reform Judaism: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays, October 15, 2017 - May 6, 2018
9:00 - 10:45 AM, Temple Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 226

Temple Beth Am is excited to offer again the revamped and upgraded Introduction to Judaism class in partnership with the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ). This course is used across North America and is recognized universally by Reform synagogues, using URJ curriculum and resources for adults interested in exploring Judaism. Taught by Rabbi Jason R. Levine, class time will be double that of previous years and includes a Shabbaton designed specifically for this class. Topics include Jewish rituals, Jewish theology, history, texts and prayer, life cycle, holidays, and comparative Judaism.

Registration for URJ: Introduction to Judaism is through the Union of Reform Judaism. Go to their website to sign-up or contact Rabbi Sabine Meyer.

Intro to Judaism Class Shabbaton: To be announced

Cost for 18 classes: $200 Temple Beth Am members / $280 non-members / $50 - $100 additional for textbooks

The tuition fee allows for either one or two people to attend, couples are encouraged to attend together, and singles may invite an interested friend. Reading list can be found here. Used copies and e-readers are encouraged. 

To register for this course, please visit the Union for Reform Judaism website. Please contact Rabbi Jason R. Levine (206-525-0915 ext. 215) to inquire about the scholarships offered by Temple Beth Am.

*This class is now full and not taking anymore students. You may still sign up to be on our waiting list in the event that a space opens up.